Hunter Valley

Explore the delicious delights of the beautiful Hunter Valley, from award-winning wineries and acclaimed restaurants to tasty festivals and fresh local produce. A lovely escape only two hours’ drive north of Sydney, Australia’s oldest wine region is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty.

Exceptional heritage and exciting innovation define the winemaking, producing some of the best wines in the world such as the iconic Hunter Valley Semillon. The success of the pioneering family-owned wineries inspired new vignerons making new wines from emerging European grape varieties.

Scenic views and wine at Bistro Molines, Mount View in the Hunter Valley

With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, one of the great pleasures of wine tasting is discovering what you like. From the classic valley wines to the newer varieties, you’ll find the experience both fun and informative, and you can visit the wineries directly or with wine tours.

For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards and beyond, gently soar in a hot air balloon. A highlight of the events calendar is the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, a celebration in May and June of the elegant wine and diverse produce. Colourful markets and vineyard concerts are popular, too.

Perfect for a midweek break, weekend escape or romantic getaway, accommodation options suit various budgets. There are campgrounds and caravan parks, vineyard cottages and guesthouses, as well as retreats and luxury resorts adjacent to championship golf courses with mesmerising views.

Entrance to Crowne Plaza Lovedale, with hot air balloons in the distance

The kids will be thrilled, too, with all the fun family activities. You can meet big cats and meerkats at the Hunter Valley Zoo, near Cessnock. At the idyllic Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin, discover the enchanting Storybook garden. In the national parks, enjoy bushwalking and mountain bike trails.

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park is near Broke and Wollombi, which traces its colonial heritage to the convict-built Great North Road that linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley. You can explore ancient Aboriginal rock art and other indigenous heritage on the Finchley cultural walk.

In colonial times the Hunter River was a transport artery. Find out more about river ports in Paterson and Morpeth, where the Arnott’s biscuit dynasty began. In Maitland is a heritage walk and tour of the old Maitland Gaol. For military history, visit the Australian Army Infantry Museum in Singleton.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

 

The Hunter Valley is within easy reach from Newcastle Airport. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines, shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport to Australia’s oldest wine region.

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.

Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Adelaide, Dubbo, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Laguna Markets

    Sunday 16 September 2018 to Sunday 21 April 2019 , Hunter Valley

    Laguna Markets are held on the third Sunday of the month. With no site fee for stallholders, the Laguna Markets at the Great Northern Trading Post are an opportunity for local providores and artisans to showcase their wares in a gorgeous co…

    16 Sep - 21 Apr
  2. Kurri Kurri Community Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: October 2018 , Hunter Valley

    Kurri Kurri Community Festival gets underway. Festival organisers will have food, drinks, stalls and fun things happening such as entertainment, rides, stalls, food, face, painting, jumping castles, Brothers Three - performing at 5pm and…

    21 Oct
  3. Historic Movies Under The Stars

    Saturday 24 November 2018 , Hunter Valley

    Come along for a unique evening of historic movies under the stars, in the forested mountains high above the Hunter Valley. Entertaining and historic films include short films from the 1920s to the 1950s, plus the classic 1946 Australian f…

    24 Nov